Amtrak: National Fact Sheet

Basic Amtrak Facts

  • Amtrak’s mission is to deliver intercity transportation with superior safety, customer service and financial excellence. To accomplish this mission, Amtrak® has identified three overarching strategic themes: Safety and Security, Customer Focus and Financial Excellence.
  • During FY 2015 (Oct. 2014-Sept. 2015), Amtrak welcomed aboard more than 30.8 million passengers, representing the fifth straight year in which ridership has exceeded 30 million. On an average day, more than 84,600 passengers ride more than 300 Amtrak trains.
  • Amtrak operates a nationwide rail network, serving more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces on more than 21,300 miles of routes. It is the nation’s only high-speed intercity passenger rail provider, operating at a top speed of 150 mph (241 kph) over current infrastructure. More than half of Amtrak trains operate at top speeds of 100 mph (160 kph) or greater. The company has more than 20,000 employees.
  • An average 600 daily Thruway schedules with guaranteed connections via buses, vans, ferries and other modes extend Amtrak service to more than 400 communities not served directly by Amtrak trains in 38 states and three Canadian provinces.

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